Learn More About Specific Treatments

The following information is from http://www.asatonline.org/for-parents/learn-more-about-specific-treatments/ 

  There are many interventions offered for children with Autism, please ensure you seek out one that is proven to work in peer reviewed research.

Psychological, Educational and Therapeutic Interventions

What works:

Interventions based on Applied Behaviour Analysis       (offered through Beanstalk)

 Early Intensive Behavioural Treatment                              (offered through Beanstalk)

What needs more research:
  • Developmental Therapies
  • Denver Model
  • Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support (SCERTS)
  • Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
  • Developmentally-based Individual-difference Relationship-based Intervention (DIR) Floor Time (Greenspan Method)
  • Music Therapy
  • Project TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped Children)
  • Socialization related classes
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Social Stories
  • Recreational Sports/Exercise
  • Applied Verbal Behavior
 What doesn’t work or is untested:
  • Animal Therapy
             Dolphin Therapy
              Pet Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT)
    Tomatis Method
    Berard Method

    Fast Forward
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Bonding (Attachment) Therapies
    Gentle Teaching
  • Facilitated Communication
  • Glasses (see Vision Therapy)
  • Holding Therapy
  • Oral-Motor Training/Therapy
    Kaufman Method
    Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Targets (PROMPT)
    Rosenfeld-Johnson Method
  • Patterning
  • Psychoanalytic and Humanistic Play Therapy
  • Rapid Prompting Method (RPM)
  • Sensory Integrative Therapy (Sensory Integration, SI, or SIT)
  • Sensory-motor Therapies
  • Son Rise (Options)
  • Vision Therapy
    Irlen lenses
    Eye exercises
    Rapid Eye Therapy
    Ambient lenses
    Yoked prisms

Biomedical Interventions:

What works or needs more research:

Selected Medications

What doesn’t work:

  • Anti-Fungal Medication
    Anti-Yeast Medication
    Flagyl (metronidazole)
    Diflucan (fluconazole)